Strategic Patience And Flexible Policies: How India Can Rise To The China Challenge”

China’s confrontational stance, evidenced by the incidents at Doklam and Ladakh, indicate the necessity to shift from our old framework advocating deep engagement with China, ignoring unresolved border issues. China being significantly ahead of India in many respects, we must find a way to navigate through these troubled waters. Our response should be a well-thought, long-term strategic plan that will seek to harmonise relations without compromising our economic, socio-political and military interests. The authors have laid out a road map towards this end, based on their in-depth study and first-hand experience.

 Amb. Gautam Bambawale has been India’s Ambassador to China and High Commissioner to Pakistan among other important assignments in a long and illustrious diplomatic career. Dr. Vijay Kelkar is vice president of Pune International Centre and has served as chairman of the Finance Commission and as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, president of Pune International Centre, is National Research Professor and former director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is trustee and founding member of Pune International Centre and former chairman of NASSCOM Foundation and executive chairman and founder, 5F World. Dr. Ajit Ranade is the group executive president and chief economist at Aditya Birla Group and chair of the Research Advisory Panel at Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Prof. Ajay Shah is a renowned academic and policy-oriented researcher on economics, law and public administration. He has co-authored a book with Dr Vijay Kelkar on economic policy.